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Practical Groomsmen Gifts While we have lots of great choices when it comes to Groomsmen Gifts, our best chef knife is by far the most popular of all our gifts for groomsmen and dads. While monogrammed koozies and cufflinks definitely have their place, it is hard to beat a handmade chef knife made by the same Master Cutler who made your ring. You can even have us make the handle of the knife out of the same wood or stone we used to make your wedding ring. Or maybe your groomsmen is more the bartender type! What could be more perfect than our Whiskey Barrel Paring Knife? We can engrave the blade with his initials to make it even more personal. Hunting Knives and Folding Knives are also always a home run. Avoid the temptation of a gag gift and go for something that he can pull from a drawer 30 years from now and remember the day he stood by your side as you dedicated forever to the woman you love the most. That's our advice!
Whiskey Barrel Rings for Sale
Whiskey Barrel Wedding Rings There’s no denying the alluring connection between whiskey and love Both get better as they age and both need space to grow and develop. With that in mind, it is no surprise that whiskey barrel has grown into such a popular choice for a wedding ring inlay for both men and women. It doesn’t hurt that the whiskey barrel wood is absolutely beautiful as well. While we can use any whiskey barrel wood you like, we tend to keep it local by supporting our neighbor Bully Boy Distillers in Boston. The Willis brothers over at Bully Boy have spent their lives mastering the art of distilling and we have spent ours mastering the art of ring making – so it is a match made in heaven! But if you are looking for any other bourbon barrel rings, we are happy to oblige. Each plank of wood is quarter sawn by us for that beautiful spiral we all look for in a genuine whiskey barrel wedding ring. So, whether you want to keep your whiskey habit on the down low with an interior overlay or interior inlay of barrel wood or want to show the world with a wide exterior inlay of whiskey wood, we have you covered. Some folks even like to combine their whiskey wood with sand from their favorite beach on which to imbibe! And what could be cooler than combining the old with the new – aged whiskey barrel with modern sleek black carbon fiber?!
Making a ring
Since our company began making custom wedding rings 8 years ago we’ve grown and changed many of the ways we conduct daily business. But the one thing that has remained constant is how we make our custom wedding rings. Every ring is handcrafted, one at a time, and shaped to each customer’s specifications. Join us for a virtual tour through our shop to learn how our custom wedding rings get made! Custom Wedding Rings Take Shape from Titanium Each custom wedding ring begins as a single billet (bar) of pure titanium. The titanium bar is attached onto the lathe where it is cut to your custom width and thickness. Custom attachment blades allow the ring’s profile to take shape in the form of beveled or flared edges and a groove for inlay material. Custom Wedding Rings Inlay Materials Custom wedding ring inlays are measured and cut from processed, stabilized material (wood, resin, M3). The inlay is set around the ring with epoxy resin and then cured (given plenty of time to dry!) Custom Wedding Rings Finishing + Coloring Titanium Once the inlay has set, the ring is back on the lathe to be cut off from its titanium bar. The ring is re-cut so the inlay sits flush within the band and each edge is countersunk (beveled) for a comfortable fit. Each ring is sanded and buffed on all edges to ensure a smooth finish. "Moonbird" is taking shape. Some rings receive custom anodized color by being dipped in an electric bath. A final polish on the buffing wheel and this custom wedding ring is ready to say “I Do!” Custom wedding rings are packaged by hand in the studio. "Lake Baikal" is packaged and ready to go Watch the Video! Creation of a Custom Wedding Ring Design Your Own Custom Wedding Rings _______________________________________________________________ All our titanium rings are handcrafted in Boston, MA and come with lifetime care options to keep your rings protected and looking beautiful. Put the love in your ring and ring in your love at www.MinterandRichterDesigns.com.
Fans of the cult classic 1982 film Blade Runner were in for a surprise last summer when it was announced that a sequel was in the works. Here at Minter & Richter Designs we were in for an even bigger surprise when Scott got a call from the movie’s prop director. On the hunt for a special looking knife to play a lead role in the film, the prop director had stumbled across a picture of one of Scott’s custom made knives online. As soon as he saw the unique colors and sleek, futuristic look he knew he’d found the one. Knee-deep in ring orders Scott initially balked at the request to make a custom knife for Hollywood. That is until our two teenage sons protested: “Your knife is gonna be SO famous!” So indeed, Scott’s knife will be hitting the big screen worldwide this October. You can view the knife that killed the stars of the movie here! Aptly named STAR KILLER. Check out the trailer for Blade Runner 2049 below: Scott’s knife making isn’t merely a hobby - before Minter & Richter Designs was born, Scott was making and sharpening knives professionally. He made his first knife at age 13 and it has been a lifelong passion. You may not be in the market for a Blade Runner knife, but never fear, we've got you covered. Check out our Blade Runner Rings! Star Killer Satin Star Killer Sandblasted Star Killer Simulated Rust Off World Officer K 6-10-21 Pris Replicant Android Deckard See you on the red carpet! ;) __________________________________________________________________________ All our titanium rings are handcrafted in Boston, MA and come with lifetime care options to keep your rings protected and looking beautiful. Put the love in your ring and ring in your love at www.MinterandRichterDesigns.com.
Did you catch us this fall in The Improper Bostonian? We were thrilled to have our “Labor of Love” story featured alongside several other creative Boston couples who work together in the wedding industry. It’s great to be in the company of such talented, hardworking folks here in the Boston area. You can read the full article here. In the spirit of local love, we’re sharing some of our favorite unique Boston wedding favors with you this month. These handcrafted products will add plenty of local flavor to your wedding day, bridal shower, or holiday party. And it doesn’t get more local than this: some of the people behind these unique Boston wedding favors have been our ring customers and others live right down the street! Unique Boston Wedding Favors - Honey Sweetens the Deal Apotheker’s Kitchen features “Bee Sweetened Goods”. Russ and Shari Apotheker work out of Crop Circle Kitchen in Dorchester, MA to make their small-batch, honey-sweetened chocolate bars and marshmallow treats. Mint and Spicy Triple Pepper are our favorites! The Bees Waxy Knees is an all-natural beeswax candle and lip balm company based in Newton, MA. We were delighted to meet owner Meg when she and her fiance came to us for the groom’s mokume wedding ring. Meg creates creative candles and lip balms using high-quality, natural beeswax from her own hives. We’ve been hooked on her lip balms ever since! Unique Boston Wedding Favors - Right in Our Backyard Take our word for it! McCrea’s Candies makes the most amazing, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth caramels. Jason McCrea and his wife Kate are based in Hyde Park, MA and create unique flavors including black lava salt and Irish coffee. With a background in chemistry, Jason has got his caramels down to a science! Boston-based theUncommonGreen produces map-happy gifts (pint glasses, phone cases, and more) with an emphasis on eco-friendly manufacturing. They’re a stone’s throw from our South Boston studio and we’re a big fan of their Boston Street Maps Carafe (would go perfectly with our map cuff bracelet)! Do you have a favorite unique Boston wedding favor? Share it with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram today! __________________________________________________________________________ All our titanium rings are handcrafted in Boston, MA and come with lifetime care options to keep your rings protected and looking beautiful. Put the love in your ring and ring in your love at www.MinterandRichterDesigns.com.
Love In Your Ring Stories
Halloween Proposal, Fake Dead Finger, Front Yard Fortune For most people, Halloween can easily be summed up by its core elements: costumes, candy corn, jack-o-lanterns, haunted houses, and sugar-comas. But this year Jason was ready to add something a little different to the mix: a Halloween proposal. The fake dead finger and mini carved pumpkin Jason used to propose! Man with a Plan Jason and his girlfriend Natasha had plans to take their children trick-or-treating around the neighborhood on Halloween night. Before they left the house, Jason slipped Natasha’s custom Minter & Richter wooden engagement ring around a fake dead finger and stashed it inside of a mini carved pumpkin in his son’s bag. Natasha had no clue what was coming. Jason planned to make his proposal towards the end of the night when they got to the house on the block whose front lawn was a living haunted house. He figured he would hand off the pumpkin to one of the skeletons, zombies or mummies strolling around the yard and simply tell them to give it to the girl dressed as an Indian. The Fortune Teller As fate would have it, the engagement pumpkin got handed to a woman dressed as a fortune teller. She realized the situation and immediately began to play along: “Your future looks very bright, Pocahontas!” she called out to Natasha. “Congratulations, Pocahontas!” she said as she handed Natasha the pumpkin. Jason stood nearby, waiting to jump in as soon as Natasha saw the ring. Natasha screamed and both she and Jason dropped to their knees. The Halloween menagerie gathered around them. Scary organ music played as Jason proposed and Natasha, crying in disbelief, said “Yes!” The happy Halloween couple. Jason has plans to get a matching wooden wedding ring from Minter & Richter. Halloween will Never Be the Same Again The couple plans to marry in Spring 2017 in Northern California’s redwood forest. When Jason was asked what drew him to “Conifer” the wooden engagement ring that he chose for Natasha, he spoke of their mutual love for nature and each other. They had never been the traditional type and he was happy to discover that Minter & Richter Designs had so many options and wooden ring styles to choose from. He said that he plans to get a matching wooden wedding ring very soon! Jason chose "Conifer" to reflect the couple's love of nature. Thanks to Jason + Natasha for sharing your Love In Your Ring Story with us! Check out what other couples are saying about their customized titanium wedding rings here. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest where we post new pictures of our customers’ creations daily! __________________________________________________________________________ All our titanium rings are handcrafted in Boston, MA and come with lifetime care options to keep your rings protected and looking beautiful. Put the love in your ring and ring in your love at www.MinterandRichterDesigns.com.
Dirt Trails, Fat Wheels, and Muddy Love Widowed at a young age, Suzanne threw herself into running half-marathons, triathlons, and learning to scuba dive and mountain bike. Her grief was vast and adventuring outdoors provided some relief after losing her husband. But there was one adventure she vowed never to take again, and that was dating. Several years after her husband's death, Suzanne and her friend Mary joined a group mountain bike ride near their homes in Wisconsin. They were outnumbered 2 women to 25 men and Suzanne had her anti-male force field set to “high”. One of the men she met during the ride, Joe, friended her on Facebook. He shared casual friendly messages to which she would respond with a non-committal thumbs up emoji or “Have a great weekend!” Although suspicious of Joe’s patient persistence, Suzanne appreciated that he did not exhibit signs of being a self-absorbed narcissist like some of the male athletes she’d met previously. After a month or so of avoiding any advances, Suzanne finally agreed to Joe’s invitation to take a ride together. The Ride Before they could ride Suzanne rolled out her endless list of disclaimers and conditions, stating that this would be one ride and one ride only. The pair rode single track together for an hour, then shared the beer that Suzanne had brought along. The conversation flowed on for hours. The couple discovered they not only a common love for biking, but good coffee, and craft beer. Over the next year Suzanne and Joe traveled to several states and rode bikes for days on end. They rode fat tire bikes in Wisconsin’s snow, ice, and -5 degree weather. Their kids became inseparable and their lives enmeshed. The RingsWith marriage on the horizon they began to talk about wedding rings. It was quickly clear that they both agreed on no gold or diamonds, instead desiring rings that would live up to their lifestyle. After searching online, images of Minter & Richter Designs’ titanium rings made from copper caught their eye. A hand-hammered “dirt path” travels endlessly around each titanium wedding band, representing how the couple met and their commitment to each other on their journey together. Joe favored titanium, an indestructible foundation for their wedding rings. Suzanne liked copper, a soft, malleable metal. Fortunately, Minter & Richter Designs could seamlessly combine both metals. The final touch was a hand-hammered “dirt path” traveling endlessly around each titanium wedding band and representing how the couple met and their commitment to each other on their journey together. Suzanne and Joe on their wedding day. Suzanne and Joe became adventure partners for life on September 24, 2016. Suzanne says: “In the month since our wedding, the rings have already evolved. The dark trail has lightened, and the copper absolutely shines. We love looking at them under running water and imagining them as pennies in a wishing well.” "Our Path Together" Hand-beaten Copper and Titanium Wedding Rings designed by Suzanne + Joe. Thanks Suzanne and Joe for sharing your Love In Your Ring Story with us! Check out what other couples are saying about their customized titanium wedding rings here. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest where we post new pictures of our customers’ creations daily!__________________________________________________________________________All our titanium rings are handcrafted in Boston, MA and come with lifetime care options to keep your rings protected and looking beautiful. Put the love in your ring and ring in your love at www.MinterandRichterDesigns.com.
Questions & Answers
It’s been one blissful month since your wedding day, but an ugly red ring of irritated skin has appeared beneath the band of your titanium ring. The condition appears to improve when you remove the ring for a few days. A quick search online turns up information about wedding rings and nickel allergies, so you assume you must be allergic to titanium... Wait, put that ring back on! We’ve got good news- Our titanium rings are made of Commercially Pure (CP) Grade 2 titanium. CP Grade 2 is 98.99% pure, unalloyed titanium. It is hypoallergenic and will not irritate or discolor your skin, making our titanium rings perfect for those with sensitive skin. About 10% of the population is allergic to nickel, often found in gold and white gold. Contact with nickel or its compounds often results in "nickel itch”, an allergic dermatitis condition. Our titanium rings do not contain any nickel, and are 100% hypoallergenic!So, what caused my rash? (Image: medicinenet.com) “Wedding ring rash” is a fairly common skin rash that occurs beneath the band of a ring. It may appear as red, dry, or itching skin around the base of the ring finger. Individuals with a history of sensitive skin, eczema, or allergies can be more prone to this type of rash. The culprit? Soap and water trapped under the ring for prolonged periods of time. Wearing a ring on the same finger every day gives little to no room for the skin beneath to air out. When you wash your hands, soap particles can become trapped under the band, causing irritation. How can I prevent it from happening again? Wedding ring rash is easily treatable and will likely improve by minimizing any moisture between your ring and finger. Simply remove the ring during hand washing and then dry the ring and the finger before slipping it back. If it is possible, rotating the ring to a different finger can be also be helpful in preventing irritation. Give your finger a rest for a couple of days by keeping your rings in one of our Ring Boxes on your dresser. You can also add Band Balm to your wood inlay during this time of rest. Why not? Hey, your ring could use some and R&R too! Wear your titanium wedding ring worry-free-- just be sure to give your hands a little TLC! Read more of our tips on Titanium Wedding Band Care here. _______________________________________________________________ All of our titanium rings are handcrafted in Boston, MA and come with lifetime care options to keep your rings protected and looking beautiful. Put the love in your ring and ring in your love at Minter & Richter Designs.
Harry Potter Wedding Rings
Harry Potter, Hair, and the Magic of Elder Wood. For two artists like Jill and Marc, the process of discovering their perfect wedding rings was much like their relationship: an organic and magical journey. Looking back on each decision that led them to Minter & Richter Designs and their unique wooden wedding rings, the couple was amazed by the hidden meaning and symbolism unconsciously captured in the final rings. As Jill said: “We didn’t find these rings, they found us!” For two artists like Jill and Marc, the process of discovering their perfect wedding rings was much like their relationship: an organic and magical journey. Rings that Embody Magic Jill and Marc consider themselves lucky to have a number of common interests including gardening, music, cooking, and books-- especially the Harry Potter series! The couple also shares an inclination to look for hidden meaning and significance in everything and desired to find wedding rings that could embody this great magic -- no small task! The couple shares a mutual love for the Harry Potter book series. Rings that Encircle Romance Originally, Marc suggested custom wooden wedding rings created out of wood native to the places they’d each grown up in. They both decided it would also be romantic to have strands of each other’s hair interlaced at the core of each ring; a symbolic circle. When They Knew They’d Found “The Ones” After spending many hours searching online and looking at hundred of rings, Jill and Marc stumbled onto an image of a wooden wedding ring set made by Minter & Richter Designs. They were immediately attracted to the smooth shadows and warm highlights at play in the wood, as well as the golden pinstripes framing each ring. When they found out that the name of the ring set they loved was “Alchemist” they were both in tears! “Alchemist” had long been a favored username for Marc, and held special meaning for them both. From there all of the pieces seemed to fall in place at once: Jill and Marc had fallen for rings made of Golden Box Elderwood-- In the mythic world of J.K. Rowling (author of the Harry Potter series), the Elder Wand is the most powerful wand, capable of performing feats of magic beyond the realm of the impossible, such as mending another wand damaged beyond normal magical repair. Minter & Richter enthusiastically agreed to embed the couple’s hair beneath the wood in each ring-- In Harry Potter, the magic wands also had hair embedded within their cores! Jill and Marc were amazed by the hidden meaning and symbolism unconsciously captured in the final rings. Love In their Rings Jill and Marc were thrilled to find ringmakers who could help them realize their dream of creating powerful, symbolic, Harry Potter-inspired wedding bands. They will exchange the rings at their wedding next Spring! Their advice to other couples looking for wedding rings? “Watch, wait and expect that 'feeling' to flow over you when you find the right ones! Don't settle for 'maybe'. The ring will find you!” Thanks Jill and Marc for sharing your Love In Your Ring Story with us! __________________________________________________________________________ Check out what other couples are saying about their customized titanium wedding rings here. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest where we post new pictures of our customers’ creations daily! __________________________________________________________________________ All our titanium rings are handcrafted in Boston, MA and come with lifetime care options to keep your rings protected and looking beautiful. Put the love in your ring and ring in your love at www.MinterandRichterDesigns.com.